"Hello. My name is Jan and I'm a professor at the Univesity of Copenhagen. I have been the summer school’s programme director since 2012 and I've also done quite a bit of teaching in the moutains. Every year I really look forward to another portion of good time spent in the Giant Mountains with my amazing family and with bright students!"
No matter how much Jan would want to be a true scholar, he is first of all the father of two amazing kids. This keeps him away from pursuing many brilliant ideas he has got but rarely gets written down and published (what true scholars do). Nevertheless, he managed to publish articles on EU law, courts and adjudication that people read and write about (a debate on his article will be published soon by International Journal of Constitutional Law, he published articles in American Journal of Comparative Law, Common Market Law Review and is on the Editorial Board of European Constitutional Law Review), which makes him very happy.
Jan studied in Prague, Stockholm and Oxford and before going to academia, he worked for the Czech Foreign Ministry and for the Constitutional Court as the President’s legal clerk. After seven years at the LSE he has recently moved to Copenhagen to take up the Chair in EU law at the Faculty of Law and i.courts and is excited about coming back to what he considers his favourite part of Europe (besides his home country) – Scandinavia.
Jan loves the mountains and mountain running and in an alternative life he would like to work as a sherpa – not for his government in the European Council, but bearing loads in the mountains.
"Hi, my name is Zuzi and I'm the proud founding mother of this summer school. Back in 2009, it was a 'sandbox project' offered only to students of Czech and Slovak law faculties, but thanks to my dear friend Jan Komarek, this summer school became truly international in 2012 and has flourished into a great and successful project. Next to helping out with organisation, I also love to teach at CLS Summer Schools - the atmosphere is great and the students are active and critical - the dream of every lecturer!"
Zuzi feels to be a true European: she was born and raised in (Czecho)Slovakia and has studied in Czechia, Belgium, and the UK, briefly also in Hungary and in the Netherlands. If it weren't for her parents, she would probably have pursued a career in math, journalism, IT or music; yet, she ended up in law school.
Thanks to her Erasmus year at KU Leuven (and the incredible charisma of Koen Lenaerts) she fell in love with EU law and decided to stay in Belgium. When she'd had enough of beer, chocolate and waffles, she moved across the channel to do a post-grad at Oxford, and slightly changed her focus to human rights (medical law in particular). The city of dreaming spires won her heart, so she stayed there to pursue a research degree under the supervision of Steve Weatherill. In the spring of 2016, she moved to Brussels for eight months to work for her home country during the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the EU.
At the end of 2016, Zuzi moved to Brno and she is currently a lecturer in constitutional law and human rights at the Masaryk University. She also works as a law clerk to the most amazing constitutional judge.
"Hi, I am Matej and I am a fourth-year student at the Charles University Law School. I am the summer school's project manager for 2018 and I'll try hard and I will do my best to help you enjoy the summer school as much as I did when I first came as a participant!"
Matěj (or Matt) studies at the Charles University Law Faculty. Last year, he worked at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic and for the Czech Insurance Association. Currently, he is testing (and improving!) his legal skills in a small law firm in Prague. He also participates in the so-called Street Law project which helps educate people from excluded areas in Czechia.
For a long time, Matěj longed for becoming an influential economist. In his eyes, it was the most effective way to improve living conditions for people in Central Africa as well as to protect the natural environment surrounding them, which is something he cares deeply about. That ended during his one year stay in New Zealand when he found out that the rest of his life would be inevitably attached to working with numbers, so he decided to help through other means. There was also a point, where Matt thought about pursuing a career in the field of classical music as a professional violin player. That ambition has been gone for long, but his passion for classical music is here to stay. And the same goes for sports. Matt played soccer for 6 years and was (kind of) a professional athlete in modern pentathlon (swimming, fencing, running, horse riding and shooting). Such experience made him a little bit competitive.
Recently, Matt become passionate about constitutional and EU law. He’d love to spend an Erasmus year deepening his knowledge in those fields. He also follows world news and loves to debate about them with a glass of a beer in his hand.
"Hi, my name is Aneta. While being a student at Charles University Law School, I also study at Charles University Faculty of Medicine. I hope to see you all in July."
Aneta is (hopefully) soon going to graduate from the Charles University Law Faculty. She works as an assistant to a Member of the Czech Parliament, chairman of the Healthcare committee. She specializes in Medical Law and Public Health policy. She was working on the new law banning public smoking in the Czech Republic and she also attended a few TV talk shows full of shouting and blaming of doctors. So her work, as well as her life, is very diverse.
She also works as a commentator at the Eurosport TV. At this TV station, she specializes in equestrianism. She loves sports, especially beach volleyball and horseback riding.
If you have any request, please, just ask her, and she will try to fulfil your wishes! :)
It may be a bit hard to pronounce so feel free to call him Chris. He is 20 years old which means that he is the youngest member of the organizational team. He is in his second year of studies at the Charles University Law Facutly and what interested him most during his first year was Roman law.
When he is not studying or preparing materials for Common Law Society (where he is the general secretary), he works in a team of an insolvency trustee.
In his free time he likes to practice sports, especially playing floorball. Also, he should not forget to mention his interest in watching football games, a huge fan of Manchester United over here!
Having finished her second year at the Faculty of Law, Jana is one of the youngest members of the Summer School team.
Although she had always thought she would study philology and pedagogy, she chose law in the end, which was a decision she will never regret. Apart from finding interest in EU law, her studies at the Faculty of Law have already made her a human rights enthusiast. Since the start of her studies she has been a member of Common Law Society and recently she also joined the Society’s Board.
She loves sports and games so she will always be happy to join for a volleyball match or any board game.
“Hi! My name’s Jan and I recently graduated from the Charles University Law School in Prague. I also studied in Toulouse, France, as part of my Erasmus + programme. At the moment, I work as a legal adviser of the Czech Olympic Committee. I love sports and all around. At the summer school, I will do my best so that the general organisation works at its best and without any problems. See you in the mountains!"
Jan Exner (Jenda) is a true sportsperson. Even though he never has been and never will be a top athlete, he loves sports and this passion shines through both his personal and professional life. He studied at a sport-oriented grammar school and has been interested in law in sport since the very beginning of his studies at the Charles University Law School.
Thanks to his EU law-oriented friends, the summer school and the character and nature of EU law, Jan has also gradually taken liking to EU law. That is also why he spent one (and the best) year of his life on Erasmus in Toulouse, France. When Jan graduated from law school in 2016, his dream became reality as he got the opportunity to work as a lawyer for the Czech Olympic Committee. Except for his Olympic journey, Jan is also a PhD student in EU law, human rights and sport (with a focus on anti-doping). Sport also fills the majority of Jan's free time. He is a runner and he has recently fell in love with cross fit and mixed martial arts.
Except for sport, Jan enjoys traveling (across the Czech lands as well as well as around the World), spending time with and talking to his friends over a good (Brazilian of Italian) coffee, red French or white Czech wine and Czech beer (preferably Pilsner) or reading books and watching movies (in Czech, English and French).
"Hello, my name is Kristýna. I recently graduated from Charles University Law School and I spent some time working at the Office of the Agent of the Czech Republic before the European Court of Human Rights. Currently, I am pursuing my LLM studies at the University of Cambridge. I hope you will apply for our summer school and have at least as good time as I had for the past four years."
Kristýna is a convinced humanrightist. She studied human rights and European law at the Charles University of Prague, Université de Strasbourg and University of Helsinki. Since her studies, she regularly takes part in moot court competitions with somewhat declining moot career: from a team member and coach to a member of the support (and drinking) team.
Working for the Government Agent, she litigated (and won!:)) several cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Currently, Kris lives in Luxembourg and trains at the European Commission (DG Digital Single Market) where she assists with implementing the Better Internet for Kids Strategy. Next year, you can meet her in Cambridge reading for her LLM.
Kris loves libraries, bookshops, buying books she does not have time to read and jazz. She dances lindy hop and charleston and hates beer and pigeons.
"Hey, I'm Robin. I have graduated from the Charles University Law School and I work as a judicial law clerk in Prague. I have been a member of the CLS Summer Team since 2012 and I've always taken good care of all the technical matters, including shopping for some nibbles and delivering lecturers from Václav Havel airport. I have helped organising six editions of this summer school so far and all of them were truly amazing. I can't wait for another one! See you all in July!"
"Hi! I am Vojtech and I work for a Czech law firm, specialising in data protection and competition law. During the summer school, I am usually, amongst other things, in charge of communication with the housekeeper. I don't know about you but I am already looking forward to next July."
Vojta's full name is Vojtech, in correct Czech Vojtěch (you can try to pronounce it as [ˈvɔic̯ ɛx] :-)), existing also in the Polish version as Wojciech, due to the common history of the two nations. But he also answers when he is called Giovanni ;)
He studied at Charles University Law Faculty in Prague, from which he graduated last year. He also studied at KU Leuven in Belgium where he enjoyed his Erasmus year reading EU Law, drinking Belgian beer and eating fries with mayonnaise and waffles (and hence gaining 10kg in one year).
Vojta worked for the Czech Ministry of Finance at the International Arbitration and Protection of Foreign Investments Unit and now he works for a major Czech law firm Havel, Holásek & Partners as a junior associate. He focuses mainly on competition law, data protection, and e-commerce.
Vojta is a big fan of sports - in particular he likes sports done in the mountains, be it in the summer or in the winter.
Marek Pizur (Mark) is just about to finish his studies at the Law School of the Charles University in Prague. While working hard on his master thesis, he's working as a student assistant for the Center of Comparative Law as well. His next steps after finishing the Prague's Law School will most likely head to the German city Bonn, the city of his Erasmus studies, where he's going to study a LLM programme at the local university.
Mark has a divided personality. While the lazy part of his personality loves sleeping for long hours, watching movies and doing short trips to the fridge, the active part of his personality doesn't let him sit still and loves pushing him to his limits, which is why he longs for doing various sportive activities, from the summery ball games, mountain biking or glacier climbing, to the winterly on-piste and off-piste skiing/snowboarding and hockey playing.
He loves traveling as well, but haven't had many opportunities to travel outside of Europe. Yet.